Somali soldiers check the wreckage of a car bomb by the main gate outside the presidential palace in Mogadishu on July 9, 2014, that was detonated during an attack by Islamist Shebab rebels on July 8. AFP PHOTO / Abdulfitah Hashi Nor
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Somalia's president sacked his security chiefs Wednesday after Islamist Al-Shabab fighters struck the heart of government in an escalating campaign of attacks in the capital and across East Africa.Al-Qaeda-linked Al-Shabab commandos stormed the presidential palace late Tuesday for the second time this year, demonstrating again their ability to infiltrate Mogadishu and hit the most fortified centers of the country's internationally backed government.Recent Al-Shabab attacks have targeted key areas of Somalia's government or the security forces, seemingly as part of a bid to discredit claims the authorities are winning the war against the Islamists.An Al-Shabab spokesman confirmed the group was behind Tuesday's attack, and claimed their commandos had at one point managed to seize the president's office inside the compound known as Villa Somalia.
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